iMac Pro

New Mac comes with 18-core Xeon chips, Radeon Vega graph­ics and a sky-high price tag, writes Michael Si­mon

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Over the years, the iMac has gone from a sweet-coloured en­try-level ma­chine to one of the most pow­er­ful all-in-ones money can buy, but it’s never quite been the best ma­chine for pro­fes­sion­als. But with the new iMac Pro un­veiled at WWDC that’s set to launch in De­cem­ber, that’s all about to change.

This new model isn’t just a bet­ter ver­sion of the 27in model – it’s both the most pow­er­ful Mac ever made and one of the most ex­pen­sive. Se­ri­ously, it’s as if the Mac Pro and the 27in iMac had a baby.

The new ma­chine is dressed in a new sleek space-grey alu­minium en­clo­sure with a Magic Key­board, Magic Track­pad 2, and Magic Mouse 2 to match. It comes with the same 5K screen as the reg­u­lar 2017 iMac (also un­veiled at WWDC), but in­side, it’s been rad­i­cally re­designed.

An all-new ther­mal de­sign fea­tures a dual cen­trifu­gal fan sys­tem, which al­lows the ma­chine to de­liver up to 80 per­cent more cool­ing ca­pac­ity than other mod­els while still let­ting it op­er­ate just as qui­etly.

In­side, you’ll get In­tel Xeon pro­ces­sors up to 18 cores, a Radeon Pro Vega GPU with up to 11 ter­aflops of sin­gle-pre­ci­sion com­pute power for real-time 3D ren­der­ing and high-qual­ity VR. The iMac Pro also sup­ports up to 4TB of SSD, up to 128GB of ECC mem­ory, and 10Gbit/s eth­er­net. You’ll also get four Thun­der­bolt 3 ports so you can con­nect two high­per­for­mance RAID ar­rays and two 5K dis­plays (44 mil­lion pix­els for those keep­ing score) at the same time.

All that power, how­ever, comes at a pretty steep price. The new iMac Pro is avail­able in a pretty hefty base con­fig­u­ra­tion for a whop­ping $5,000 (£TBC). It will ship in De­cem­ber 2017, so you’ll have plenty of time to save.

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